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About Us

Mission & Vision

The New York Medieval Society is dedicated to the exchange of ideas about medieval knowledge and culture, with a focus on making resources, primary materials, and scholarly conversations available to members and audiences within and proximal to New York City. By fostering engagement with the written and artistic works of the Middle Ages, approximately 500 to 1500 AD, we aim to enliven understandings of medieval aesthetic sensibilities, as well as the intellectual and spiritual life of the period.

As an interdisciplinary society, we appeal to specialists in all humanistic and artistic fields. In addition to encouraging a scholarly community, the NYMS aims to promote diverse understandings of the Middle Ages to a wider public, including students of all ages.

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Gillian Adler, Ph.D.

President of the Board

Gillian Adler is Esther Raushenbush Chair in Humanities and Assistant Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College, as well as Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Chaucer and the Ethics of Time (Wales, 2022) and co-author with Paul Strohm of Alle Thyng Hath Tyme: Time and Medieval Life (London, 2023).


Patricia Dailey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Susie Nakley, Ph.D.

Professor of English and Associate Chair, St. Joseph’s University

Paul Strohm, Ph.D.

Anna S. Garbedian Professor Emeritus of the Humanities, Columbia University

Sarah Kay, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita of French Literature, Thought, and Culture, NYU